Monday, 29 August 2011

Letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee re John Yates, Paul Stephenson, Sara Thornton and others

Today I sent by email an advance copy of a letter being sent to Keith Vaz MP (and relevant copy recipients) about my concerns relating to the conduct of John Yates, Sir Paul Stephenson, Sara Thornton and other Police officers.

Some strange glitch messed with the text. Manually, I've tried to make the text posted below correctly match the layout etc in the original.

The title of the email was:
Concealment of serious crime by John Yates etc


The content of the email was:

[This email is advance notice of a letter being sent today, 29th August 2011, to Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee and copy recipients listed towards the end of the letter.

It is being sent to each member of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

Additional advance email copies are being sent to the recipients listed at the end of the letter, where I can identify an appropriate email address. I would be grateful if recipients puzzled by receiving a copy of this email would read the list of intended recipients at the end of the email and forward this internally to the relevant person(s) in their organisation.]

29th August 2011

Keith Vaz MP

Home Affairs Select Committee

Dear Mr Vaz,

Concealment of Serious Crime by John Yates, Paul Stephenson and other Police officers

I write to draw to the attention of the Home Affairs Select Committee what, on careful consideration, I believe may be premeditated deception of the Committee by former Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and former Assistant Commissioner John Yates.

Sir Paul and Mr. Yates, in my interpretation, dishonestly sought to lead the committee to believe that they were honest and diligent Police officers.

Whether or not the deception of the Committee was premeditated, I do believe that the Committee was misled.

My opinion is that, on at least one previous occasion, Sir Paul and Mr. Yates acted so as to conceal crime of the most serious nature. That apparent concealment of criminal activity by Mr. Yates and Sir Paul is the pivot for my concerns regarding the conduct of Mr. Yates and Sir Paul expressed in this letter.

It is my belief that Sir Paul and Mr. Yates have perverted the course of justice.

On 19th July 2011 I wrote to Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin reporting that I believed that Sir Paul and Mr. Yates had perverted the course of justice and asked the Metropolitan Police to investigate.

To the best of my knowledge Acting Commissioner Godwin has not investigated the matters I raised with him. Nor, so far as I’m aware, has Mr. Godwin disclosed the existence of that complaint to the Home Affairs Select Committee.

Given the seriousness of the apparent crimes by John Yates and Paul Stephenson which I reported on 19th July 2011 I copied my concerns to Keir Starmer QC.

I further suspect, but cannot yet demonstrate, that Mr. Yates (or those under his command) sought to influence officers of another Police force (specifically Grampian Police) so as to conceal crimes for which the punishment in UK Law, on conviction, is life imprisonment.

Additionally, I believe that a former senior Metropolitan Police officer has acted so as to conceal a reported murder. I refer specifically to Thames Valley Police URN 514 of 28/10/10.

In the interests of brevity I give here only a summary of the sequence of events as they relate to Mr. Yates and Sir Paul:

1. On 2nd February 2010 I wrote to Sir Paul Stephenson and Mr. John Yates reporting what I believed (and continue to believe) were serious crimes by seven named influential figures.

2. The suspected crimes I reported in that letter are far more serious than those being discussed in what might be termed Hackgate. In the relevant UK Law the penalty, on conviction, is life imprisonment.

3. A letter dated 12th February 2010 was sent to me by Detective Superintendent Dean Haydon. That letter was, on later examination, misleading but it served to dissuade me from following up my concerns with the Metropolitan Police. I believed (and believe) that it was intended to lead me to conclude that the Metropolitan Police Commissioner had absolute discretion to ignore reported crime, if he so chose.

4. The MPS reference number assigned was ACSO 53/2010.

5. At no time did Sir Paul Stephenson, Assistant Commissioner Yates or anyone acting on their behalf contact me to ask for further evidence or to ask me to give a formal statement on the serious matter which I drew to their attention.

6. It seemed to me that the most senior echelons of the Metropolitan Police Service premeditatedly were covering up serious crime. I was, for some time, at a loss as to how to proceed.

7. Two of the seven individuals named in the letter of 2nd February 2010 had connections with Grampian.

8. The possibility occurred to me that Grampian Police officers might be less dishonest than Sir Paul and Mr. Yates had proved to be in my perception . Accordingly, in person and in writing, I reported suspected crimes by the two individuals (of the seven) who had a connection to Grampian.

9. Grampian Police officers (up to Deputy Chief Constable level) refused and/or failed to investigate these serious crimes.

10. I complained formally to Grampian Police and met with two Inspectors. In that meeting I gained the impression that the Metropolitan Police had been consulted and that the MPS (in the form of SO15, then headed by John Yates) may have influenced Grampian Police in the matter.

11. If my impression expressed in the preceding paragraph is correct then Mr Yates (or someone under his command) engaged in what I perceive as a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

12. On 19th July 2011 I wrote to Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin reporting what I believe to have been perversion of the course of justice by Sir Paul and Mr. Yates in that they refused to investigate serious crime reported to them in writing on 2nd February 2010. I believed (and continue to believe) that Sir Paul and Mr. Yates had a duty as Police officers to investigate my report of 2nd February 2010.

13. To date (29th August 2011) the Metropolitan Police Service have not acknowledged my letter to Acting Commissioner Godwin.

14. The Metropolitan Police Service has, however, objected to my report to the Independent Police Complaints Commission leading me to conclude that under the command of Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin the Metropolitan Police are again attempting to conceal serious crime and, specifically, the Metropolitan Police are attempting to conceal what I believe to be the perversion of the course of justice by Sir Paul Stephenson and Mr. John Yates.


It seems to me that there is at least an arguable case that in the senior echelons of the Metropolitan Police Service there is an unlawful culture of suppressing reports of certain types of serious crime.

I can more fully document that background on request.

I now mention the reported murder briefly since, I believe, it relates indirectly to the crimes which Sir Paul and Mr. Yates sought to conceal. However, I have no evidence that either Sir Paul or Mr. Yates knew of this matter. I mention it as part of a perceived culture of concealing crime in the Metropolitan Police since a former senior Metropolitan Police Officer seems to me to have been key in the recent concealment of that crime.

With respect to the report of suspected murder I briefly summarise the background as follows:

1. On 28th October 2010 I reported by telephone to Thames Valley Police what I believe to have been a murder. I did so on the basis of my understanding, as a doctor, of evidence that had recently come into the public domain.

2. Thames Valley Police assigned my report a Unique Reference Number, URN 514 of 28/10/10.
I provided full contact information to TVP on 28th October 2010.

3.Thames Valley Police have failed to take a formal statement despite my contacting them in writing on several occasions

4. I have provided further information in writing to TVP to support my report of reference URN 514 of 28/10/10

5. TVP persist in failing meaningfully to investigate the basis for my report, even at the most basic level of taking a formal statement

6. It is my understanding that TVP (at Assistant Chief Constable level) had lied about material evidence relating to the murder before my report of 28th October 2010 and that TVP continues to lie about material evidence now.

7. A former senior Metropolitan Police officer seems to me to be pivotal in the concealment of the murder which I reported in URN 514 of 28/10/10


I can, on request, provide to the Committee documentation of what I believe to have been perversion of the course of justice by that former senior Metropolitan Police officer (and others) currently employed by Thames Valley Police in respect of the murder to which URN 514 of 28/10/10 applies.

The Committee may also wish to be aware of media reports on Saturday 27th August that senior Metropolitan Police officers suppressed information about the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, possibly concealing evidence that the death was murder. (It is not that death that I refer to in the preceding list.)

It seems to me that there is a body of evidence suggesting that current and former senior officers in the Metropolitan Police, among them John Yates and Sir Paul Stephenson, have suppressed evidence of crimes of the most serious nature.

The behaviour of Sir Paul and Mr. Yates that I perceive to be perversion of the course of justice may be the tip of a particularly reprehensible iceberg of concealment of crime by the Metropolitan Police Service.

In the interests of expedition I am today copying the content of this letter by email to each member of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

I am copying this letter to Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin in the context of my report to him on 19th July 2011 of suspected perversion of the course of justice by Sir Paul Stephenson and John Yates. Since that report of suspected crime was copied to Keir Starmer QC, this letter is similarly copied.

I am copying this letter to Chief Constable Colin McKerracher of Grampian Police and Mr Andrew Laing, HM Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland, asking them fully to investigate what I believe to have been perversion of the course of justice by several officers of Grampian Police (up to Deputy Chief Constable level). I wish to provide a formal statement on that matter.

The reported murder occurred in the Thames Valley Police area. Accordingly, I am copying this letter to Chief Constable Sara Thornton and to Khan Juna, chairman of the Thames Valley Police Authority. I request each of those recipients to take all appropriate actions to ensure that this serious matter is fully investigated. I wish to make a formal statement to Police officers on this matter. I would much prefer to make such a statement to officers not tainted by the perceived cover-up to which I briefly refer in the second list above, ideally officers from a force other than Thames Valley Police.

I understand that Mr. Yates has issued libel proceedings against the Evening Standard. Accordingly, I am copying this letter to Luke Staiano of Carter Ruck since, if substantiated, my concerns may impact on Mr. Yates’ future intentions in that regard.

I am copying this letter to my MP, Malcolm Bruce, for whom concerns about the integrity of Grampian Police must be a matter of interest. I am also copying this letter to my MSP, Alex Salmond, both in his role as MSP and First Minister.

Given that the integrity of the Police in England is a matter for the Home Secretary I am copying this letter to Teresa May MP.

I am copying this letter to Sir Hugh Orde of the Association of Chief Police Officers for information, on the assumption that perceived concealment of crime by senior Police officers must be a matter of serious concern to ACPO.

In the interests of transparency a copy of this letter will be placed on my “The Police Are Cheating Us” blog ( http://thepolicearecheatingus.blogspot.com/ ). It was observing senior Police officers covering up serious crime which led me to create the blog.

Mr Vaz, the conduct of senior officers of the Metropolitan Police in connection with Hackgate is, at a minimum, questionable. The words “crap decision” come to mind.

The matters which I now raise with the Home Affairs Select Committee are much more serious given that they relate to crimes for which the penalty, on conviction, is life imprisonment.

If my suspicion is correct then John Yates, or an officer or officers under his command, may have engaged with officers in Grampian Police in a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

I look forward to hearing from you and learning how the Home Affairs Select Committee plans to proceed.



Yours sincerely





(Dr) Andrew Watt

BMedBiol MBChB MD(Hons) FRCP(Ed) DipPharmMed BA



To:

Keith Vaz MP, Home Affairs Select Committee



cc:

Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin, Metropolitan Police

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions

Chief Constable Colin McKerracher, Grampian Police

Andrew Laing, HM Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland

Chief Constable Sara Thornton, Thames Valley Police

Luke Staiano, Carter Ruck

Malcolm Bruce MP

Alex Salmond MSP

Teresa May MP, Home Secretary

Sir Hugh Orde, Association of Chief Police Officers


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